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Cumberland Times News (Newspaper) - September 30, 1989, Cumberland, Maryland Local new Cumberland times new saturday sept. 30,1989 la i n Vav o is offed a .7 Man injured a Frank r. Cosner 35, Romney was injured Friday after he lost control of this vehicle on route 28 about five Miles North of Romney . State police said Cosner was travelling southbound when he approached stopped traffic also in the southbound Lane. In an Effort to avoid striking the vehicles Cosner ran off the West berm of the Roadway and struck a tree with the right Side of the vehicle said police. He was transported to Hampshire memorial Hospital by Romney Rescue squad following the 10 05 . Mishap. He was being treated at the Hospital for head injuries. Romney firefighters also responded. Times news John d. Smith found Bones May be missing girls Paw Paw . Apr Law enforcement officials Are hoping that Bones and Teeth found in an animal pen will shed Light on the disappearance of a Hampshire county woman missing for two years. The remains discovered along . 9 in Paw Paw have been shipped to the state police lab in Charleston for examination. Melissa Moreland 21, has been missing since oct. 27, 1987, when she was last seen with some friends at a Paw Paw area convenience store officials say. Morgan county sheriff Bill Spitzer said officers have uncovered Little information about Moreland a disappearance. A everybody in Paw Paw knows this girl and i imagine there a a lot of people who know where she is a Spitzer being investigated Cumberland a Cumberland firefighters returned to 605 Woodlawn Avenue Early Friday when a House which burned a Day earlier rekindled into a fully involved Structure fire according to a department spokesman. Engine i 2 and 3 companies responded to the rekindle at 2 06 . Friday. Units found the building fully involved in fire upon arrival. Last unit at the scene returned to station at 5 42 . The House was extensively damaged shortly before to ., thursday when fire originated in the lower level of the three Story dwelling. Six people who occupied the residence were forced out of the residence but none were injured. Marshall Shook who was renting the Home told the times news Friday that five children resided in the Home and not three As was stated in Friday mornings times news edition. Shook also said that Jennifer Squires who was listed As one of the occupants was Only a guest in the Home at the time of the fire. Shook said everything was lost in the Blaze and is asking anyone who May want to help out with clothes for the family to Contact him at the Maryland Motel on Bedford Street where he is staying. The cause of the initial fire has not been determined but is under investigation by Captain Earl Royce. The rekindle incident is also being injured in route 220 mishap Cresaptown a two people were treated at scared heart Hospital Friday for injuries they received in a vehicle Accident on route 220 near Larry a Sunico station. Maryland state police said a vehicle operated by Patrick m. Himmler 28, Cumberland was travelling southbound when it was struck by a vehicle driven by Kimberly m. Robinette 22, Lavale. Robinette was reportedly pulling onto the Highway from a private lot when she crossed both lanes of traffic and struck the Himmler vehicle according to police. Both Drivers were taken to the Hospital by Cresaptown ambulance following the 7 35 . Mishap where they were released according to a nursing supervisor. Lavale firefighters and Rescue squad and Bowling Green volunteers were also initially alerted by civil defense. The mishap was investigated by apr. . information on break in theft Ridgeley . A West Virginia state police Are investigating the theft of More than $2,000 Worth of items which continued on Page 20 county help being sought by company by Butch Antolini times news writer Cumberland stating their opposition to becoming incorporated with Frostburg members of the Gra Hamtown water company appeared before the Allegany county commissioners on Friday to seek help in the operation of their water system. Dru Schriner president of the privately owned water company said a meeting with county officials had been held in july to discuss the feasibility of the county a taking Over water lines and general maintenance for the Gra Hamtown system. A the system is in excellent condition a said Schriner. A we have survived there for the past 40 or 50 years but we just can to continue to maintain the water system because the people who have been taking care of the system Are getting too old and we have a shortage of workers. But we were told that we would be getting some kind of answer within 30 Days and we Haven to continued on Page 20 of charges Cumberland a a jury on Friday acquitted John Thomas Mcdonald of several charges alleging sexual offences and child abuse. The Allegany county circuit court jury was out for about 30 minutes before returning its verdict of not guilty. Mcdonald 39, of Cumberland had been charged with offences alleged to have taken place Between March 1983 and september 1984, involving a girl who is now 19. The state based its Case on statements the alleged victim her Mother and her brother gave to police and a department of social services worker in february 1988. States testimony was heard from a police officer and a child protective service worker who took those statements. During the first Day of the trial the alleged victim and her Mother and brother testified As courts witnesses that the statements were false. Their testimony was that Mcdonald had not committed the offences with which he had been charged. They told the jury that in March 1988, after Mcdonald had been arrested they had informed the states attorneys office that the statements were false. The statements were admitted As evidence during the trial. In his instructions to the jury judge j. Frederick Sharer said there was evidence that the three court witnesses gave inconsistent statements prior to their testimony in court. It was up to the jury to resolve those conflicts he said and to decide whether to believe the witnesses earlier statements or their testimony in court. Mcdonald was represented by attorney Lawrence v. Kelly. States attorney Robert w. Hamilton was prosecutor. A a jts a strictly economics. Nothing More nothing less Quot Elmer Pritt consolidation could mean influx of Preston students for Garrett by Patrick Gregg times news writer Kingwood . The Preston county Board of education recently voted to consolidate its four High schools into one centrally located High school Here the result of which May be an influx of Preston county residents into the Garrett county school system. The school Board voted 4-1 on sept. 18 to consolidate to one High school to be located in Kingwood with the process taking place in two stages. Plans Are to obtain approximately $4 million for construction of the new High school which would accommodate an estimated 1,200 students in grades to through 12 for the 1991-92 school year. By the 1996-97 academic year the new High school would include freshmen and a total student population of approximately 1,500. As the result of amended motions at that school Board meeting talks will now begin with Garrett county As Well As Monon Galia Barbour and Tucker counties in West Virginia to make schools available in those counties for Preston county students. The factors involved in such action would include possible transportation difficulties and geographical location of where some of the Preston students live. A when the Board made the decision to consolidate a Preston county superintendent of schools Elmer Pritt told the times news a amended motions were made which would potentially permit students from the Preston county school system to attend schools in other this situation is hardly new in that Preston county students living in far away outlying areas have attended school in officials in Mineral preparing responses for questions on jail by Mona Ridder times news writer Keyser . Mineral county officials Are preparing to respond to charges by the state that the local detention Center is inadequate and improperly staffed. A this has been a situation that has existed for a Long time a prosecutor Lynn Nelson said Friday a Jerry former sheriff Jerry l. Detrick sat on it and Marshall current sheriff Marshall Nield has been sitting on it Nelson cited a 1984 facilities audit of the jail conducted by the National sheriffs association which at that time called for construction of an outdoor exercise Yard increased staffing and other changes at the facility. Nelson feels that while the county has had a legitimate need to spend Money elsewhere the current situation with the jail at least one inmate lawsuit and a petition before the state supreme court citing unconstitutional conditions warrant immediate action by the county commission. Among the issues according to attorney Mary Downey who filed the petition with the supreme court on behalf of the juvenile Justice committee facilities review panel Are Public safety and liability to the county in addition to the constitutional rights of the inmates. She cited a number of incidents and precedents for the committees monitoring of the jail despite local officials assertions that the committee has no authority Over the facility since juveniles Are not housed there. Downey a response on the Issue of authority is to note past action by the court to close or Force jails into compliance in the state. Nelson tends to agree a i will be meeting with the commissioners in executive session next tuesday and Tell them what they have to do to meet the standards that we can now and see that it is done before i go to Charleston a he said. Nelson will travel to Charleston on nov. 7 to argue before the supreme court the petition filed by Downey this month seeking to have the jail come into compliance with state and Federal standards or close. Some of the things in the petition can be complied with almost immediately Nelson said citing increased visitation and Access to Library materials. A where they be got us is on the staffing and the recreation area a he added. The court petition Calls for the construction of an outdoor exercise area and an increase in the number of full time correctional officers from seven to nine. Sheriff Nield was directed by the commission Early in the year to provide information and estimates on the construction of an exercise Yard and recently continued on Page 20 High court upholds principalship ruling Hurricane Relief a Relief efforts continued Friday in Cumberland for residents of Charleston . Who were belted last week by Hurricane Hugo. Buchanan lumber company North Centre Street donated a variety of items for the stricken area. Pictured Are Randy of Baker an employee of Buchanan using a forklift to Load items on a Roadway truck for transport to the Southern City. Paul Hostetler a Roadway trucker helps position the Load. Roadway donated use of the truck. Times news Tim Wilson by Mona Ridder times news writer Keyser . The West Virginia supreme court has upheld a ruling by a Mineral county judge in the Case of the principalship at Keyser High school. The High court refused wednesday to hear the Appeal of the Mineral county Board of education on a decision by judge c. Reeves Taylor that the Post of principal currently held by Robert Hutcheson must be re advertised and new interviews held. The ruling was the result of a petition filed by Keyser High school vice principal John Haines last year to Nave Hutcheson removed due to improper hiring procedures. Haines filed the petition after he had been overruled by state grievance hearing officials on the matter. Haines had charged that former super pendent or. Shirley Ball had arbitrarily recommended Hutcheson a other Public school systems before and students in similar situations in other counties have attended school in Preston county. However some communities in the county Are anything but Happy Over losing their local High schools and the thought of busing students to one Central school. Pritt said a in my opinion the handwriting has been on the Wall for two or three years. We be had a declining county population a declining student enrolment and a declining financial condition of Preston county a unlike Maryland for example More Money in West Virginia comes from the state. That Money funded is based upon the student population. We receive approximately $3,000 per Pritt said that the county is losing tens of students each year which results in less state funding each year. A closing too students each year translates into a $300,000 loss each year. Obviously what has happened Over the years is that we have maintained the same number of schools but we have had a decreasing amount of Revenue to operate those schools a the superintendent said. A it is very apparent that we Are at the Point where we can to Cut any More from the elementary schools. We did that in previous years. That just leaves cuts to be made in the secondary a we Are faced right now assuming the present factors continue with reducing personnel in Preston county schools by to to 15 professionals each year and three to six service personnel every its strictly economics. Nothing More nothing a Preston county superintendent of schools Elmer Pritt Maryland resident Over qualified applicants already employed in the school system. Judge Taylor granted Haines petition ordering that the Board of education re advertise the position and interview each qualified candidate. The Board appealed the decision to the supreme court. According to prosecuting attorney Lynn Nelson who has represented the Board in the matter since taking office in january the Board must Post the position. A it does no to mean that Hutcheson wont be hired a Nelson said a it just Means that they will have to go through the process of reporting and current school super pendent Fred Pfeifer and Board president Tom of Connor were unavailable for comment on the matter Friday but assistant super pendent Pat Mason said the administration would not Post the position without Board authorization which could not come before next tuesdays Board meeting. Pritt said that the decision to consolidate is for efficiency purposes and that while he feels smaller schools Are better funds simply do not permit it in Preston county. A rather than reduce our faculties each year the Board has chosen to consolidate into one school for efficiency purposes. Ifs my personal opinion that there a nothing wrong at All with Small schools. Ideally Small schools Are better than Large schools in my a if you can afford it Small schools Are better. There Are some advantages that cannot be denied. But you have to have the Money to do it and we done to have the Money. Its strictly economics. Nothing More nothing the superintendent said that in his estimation Public sentiment has shifted somewhat since Public hearings have been held on the consolidation Issue. He indicated that while people began As emotionally involved continued on Page 20 deaths 82, 15, Bohrer a Irma Nberkeley Springs . Grim a Jeffrey a., formerly Cumberland. Hoban a Orville 80, of 173 Park Avenue Frostburg. Kidwell Gilbert e., 65, formerly Piedmont . Sansbury a Helen Louise 81, formerly of 8 Westview Terrace and Baltimore. Obituaries on Page 4 jury acquits local Man

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